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UNGA Endorses Political Declaration on IPoA[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) endorsed the political declaration of the midterm review conference, held in May 2016, on implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the least developed countries (LDCs) for 2011-2020(IPoA). The High-Level Midterm Review Conference focused on the LDCs and their progress over the past five years, and on finding ways to accelerate their sustainable development.

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UNCTAD to Play "Central Role" in Achieving SDGs[viewed]

Delegates agreed to give the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by adopting a framework that will guide UNCTAD's work over the next four years, and that is primarily focused on realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 14th session of UNCTAD (UNCTAD 14) resulted in a political declaration and the ‘Nairobi Consensus,' on providing technical assistance to ensure that globalization and trade benefit people in developing countries.

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UNGA Approves IOM to Join UN System[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously adopted a resolution establishing the basis for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to join the UN system. An agreement to formalize the relationship is expected to be signed on 19 September 2016, at the UN Summit for refugees and migrants, which takes place in New York, US.

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UN Announces Third Industrial Decade for Africa[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed that the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa will be from 2016-2025, and called for the advancement of “sustainable industrialization” to reduce poverty and help implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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UNGA President Urges Agreement on 2030 Follow-up[viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft informed UN Member States that informal consultations on the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development shall be concluded no later than 2 September 2016. In his letter, Lykketoft notes a request from the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) to extend informal consultations and facilitation by his good offices.

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UNEP-IRP Warns Against Rising Natural Resource Use[viewed]

Increasing consumption intensified by a growing middle class has tripled primary materials extraction over the last 40 years, with the richest countries consuming around ten times as much as the poorest countries, according to a report published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP).

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WRI, OECD Event Highlights Policy Coherence for 2030 Agenda[viewed]

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a consistent and effective manner was the focus of discussions at a side event organized by the Governments of Sweden and Mexico, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), in collaboration with a coalition of think tanks.

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Side Event Highlights Business Case for Sustainable Finance [viewed]

The Government of Kenya, the Government of Switzerland and the UN Global Compact (UNGC) held a side event to discuss 'Sustainable Finance to achieve the SDGs: accelerating implementation of the 2030 Agenda through private-sector action,' on the margins of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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Event: Multilevel Policy for Stronger Intermediary Cities[viewed]

This side event, taking place during the third Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom 3) for Habitat III, is organized by UCLG, UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance.

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HLPF Adopts Ministerial Declaration, Hears 22 VNRs[viewed]

The 2016 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a Ministerial Declaration, focusing on the meeting's theme of 'Ensuring that no one is left behind.'

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